the forms was less-terrifying and much easier than he expected, thankfully,
which gave him enough time to browse some of the books in the rooms before he
went to sleep.
strange for him, though, that he was interested in learning what the books had
to offer. A part of him could remember that he was never one for learning from
books, but that same part felt like there was something important he needed to
do, and to do it, he needed to learn from these books.
He pulled a
book off the shelves and opened it to read from the first page. It was full of
technical explanations and his eyes glazed over two paragraphs in.
the book and tried another and another. Four more books were taken and returned
due to the same reason.
He found what
he was looking for in the fifth book. He put it on the couch and went through
the others looking for similar books, books to help him actually practice with his
time and a good amount of books found, there was a knock from behind one of the
walls, “Hey, Enma! It’s time for dinner! You better come out now! You
already spent a lot of time in there, you can return here tomorrow.”
and looked from the books to the wall and back again, before he sighed and went
to the entrance; he probably shouldn’t be pissing off whichever Priest calling
for him. Besides, he needed to go find Tsu and talk to them about trying out a
practical learning approach.
Two days came
and went with no sign of Tsu. Asking the other Priests gave him nothing useful
aside from knowing that Tsu was unexpectedly busy and couldn’t come to the Temple
for a few days.
And so, Enma
spent the time either practicing meditation like the books suggested or talking
with Skull who came by daily.
On the third
day, he decided to go and turn in the forms, if Tsu wouldn’t be returning
anytime soon, then Enma needed to get his work done without Tsu around; Tsu was
going to have to adjust to the possible new schedule.
with the hem of his shirt as he gave Haru the forms, worrying that he passed
the deadline for turning the papers in.
at him reassuringly, “You came back just in time, today was the last
flitted behind him and she blinked, “Tsuna! I almost didn’t see you there
and turned around to see who was standing behind him without his notice.
He was met
with pupil-less, amber eyes and a messy, brown hair done in a braid that was
left to drape over one shoulder.
drilled into his.
Tsuna! This is Enma! He was just turning in his application forms!”
a hand towards her and she handed the forms over, he clutched them in his hand,
all the while maintaining eye-contact with Enma.
Haru cocked her head to the side in confusion, Enma unconsciously mirrored her.
Tsuna didn’t even spare the forms any glance, how could he decide whether Enma
was a decent applicant or not?
Tsunayoshi of the Vongola, the current head of the group,” Tsunayoshi
spoke, voice emotionless, the spark in his eyes sending a foreboding chill down
Enma’s spine, “Pack up, we’re leaving in half an hour.” After he said
his piece, Tsunayoshi turned on his heel and left the building.
to look at Haru, who looked as confused as he was.
recovered quickly, though, and returned to smiling at him, “You heard him.
You’ve been hired. It’s best if you go back to the Temple now and pack up
whatever you have for a trip. The boss will pick you up from there.”
sure are you that he will?” Enma asked, voice faint.
didn’t tell you where to meet him, did he?”
you go. Now go, you have a job to prepare for.”
Enma speed walked
to the entrance, breaking out into a jog once he left the building. He was
distracted all the way to the Temple, wondering what type of job he could
possibly be hired for on the spot. Did Tsunayoshi even check to see the content
of his application forms? What if he did after he left and decided that maybe
Enma wasn’t suitable for it after all? Or maybe it was generic and anyone could
even when he thought things would get somewhat clearer, he was proven wrong. At
least he only had a couple sets of clothes aside from what he was wearing at
the moment, so he didn’t have to worry about over-packing.
came to get him in thirty minutes, just like he said.
towards him where he was sitting in the Temple’s main hall and dragged him
outside, then over to the stairs to the side, up the stairs until the balcony
made out of the Temple’s roof, and the highest point on the land. The Vongola’s
ship was floating up in the air already with the gangplank pulled down.
walked up the gangplank and Enma scrambled behind him. The moment the two were
inside, the ship started moving and Enma gathered enough courage to ask,
“What is it that you took me on for?”
gave him an inscrutable look and Enma was stricken; there was something way too
familiar about Tsunayoshi’s eyes, Tsunayoshi’s voice and Tsunayoshi’s mess of
He opened his
mouth, about to ask Tsunayoshi if the two ever met before, when Tsunayoshi cut
him off with a careless hand wave towards the rest of the corridor they were
in, “Today is just a scout mission, to give you the chance to interact
first-hand with what we want you to work with. Until we arrive, make yourself
comfortable, go explore the ship or something. I’ll be on the deck in case you
met before?” Interrupted before or not, the desire to know was too strong
to keep a tight lid on the question and it tumbled past his lips.
gave him yet another inscrutable look as he took a couple of steps forward and
right into Enma’s space. Raising his head, he looked Enma in the eye and
whispered, “Have we?”
suddenly felt tight, and his eyes blurred with slight tears as he was struck
with the spontaneous urge to cry and hug Tsunayoshi for all he was worth and
not let him go.
two done yet?” Lambo’s bored drawl cut into the tense atmosphere like a
sword; Tsunayoshi retreated and walked away passing by Lambo on his way while
Enma took a deep breath and braced himself against the nearest wall.
looked pretty intense.”
out of his stupor and focused on Lambo, “Huh? Oh. Yeah, I… don’t know what
happened. I just asked him if we met before- he looked very familiar and-”
And what? What more was Enma supposed to say when even he didn’t know what he
was exactly feeling at the moment aside from a great sense of relief that
threatened to knock him over. Relief and happiness and giddiness and
yearning and eagerness, eagerness to what he didn’t know but he wanted,
oh he wanted-
Fingers snapped in his vision, jolting him out of his musings, “You spaced
out for a moment there.”
refocused on Lambo, who gestured to him to stand up (when did he sit down? He
didn’t remember) and pulled him along down the hallway, “We should
probably get you to put your things in one of the rooms before we take you to
meet the rest.”
take long to introduce Enma to the others on board; some of them he met before,
like Chrome, Yamamoto and Ryohei. There was the teen who took Enma to the
Vongola offices a few days back, who was introduced as Gokudera. And there were
others he hadn’t met, like Chrome’s brother, Mukuro, Ryohei’s sister, Kyoko,
and Hibari, never mind Tsunayoshi.
destination was the island Enma woke up on days ago.
(Enma had to
blink at that thought; had it been only few days since then? It felt longer
than that to him.)
stopped at the edge of the island and dropped down the gangplank.
have seen Enma’s curious look and responded, “We’re not going in with the
ship because we’d rather keep it on standby in case of sudden emergencies in
the main land that may require help from us.”
in understanding as he followed after Yamamoto down the gangplank.
The group consisting
of Tsunayoshi, Hibari, Kyoko, Yamamoto and Enma trekked through the forest to
the small shoreline near the river, crossing it to start climbing the mountain
on the other side. Enma was surprised to see a pathway well-hidden between the
rocks jutting out of the mountain. Tsunayoshi led them through it with ease.
they reached the top point and started to descend, Enma was stricken with a
sudden sense of fear that almost froze him in place. The group momentarily
stopped, and Enma wondered if they wanted to take break.
in fact, Enma saw that they only stopped for mere moments, enough for
Tsunayoshi to take out a vial from one of his pockets and knock back half of
its content. The group, and Enma didn’t even notice them tense up, relaxed only
after Tsunayoshi drank from whatever it was the vial contained. Enma wondered
if it was a medicine that Tsunayoshi needed.
As the group
moved again, Enma noticed the formation changing; previously, Tsunayoshi was at
the front, followed by Yamamoto, then Enma himself, then Kyoko then Hibari
(Enma belatedly realized that they were keeping him in the middle), now,
Tsunayoshi hung back until he was walking next to Enma and Kyoko moved forward
to walk behind Yamamoto, keeping Hibari at the rear.
the group made it out of the pathway cleverly hidden in the mountains, the town
that lay beyond the mountain range came into view.
heartbeat sped up until he could feel his heart violently slam against his
ribcage and the blood pressure pound in his ears.
seemed to have suffered heavy damage some time back but they looked like
someone put in the effort to rebuild them.
Then Enma saw
rows of protected pedestals, each cushioned and bearing crystals in many
colors, intact, broken, beat up or simply shattered, leaving shards to rest on
the cushion, all lined up in rows that looked more like grave markers than a
And the wave
of emotions and memories that Enma didn’t know he was holding back crashed on
top of him, pulling him under, choking him with inconsolable grief, suffocating
him with images of blood and sounds of screams and smoke and calls for
distance beyond the buildings where the Walls circled around, stood a huge pair
of doors, open wide.
A sense of
visceral fear lanced through him, knocking the breath from his lungs and
forcing him into his knees.
grabbed by a hand; he only saw a flash of concerned amber ey- orange? Was that
Tsu? What was Tsu doing here? He thought deliriously as a soothing voice
reached his ear, barely heard over the roar of memories and pain and-
brought to his lips, and then he felt a hot liquid slide down his throat; the
burn brought a sudden, very brief moment of clarity.
In that moment,
he knew, without a shadow of doubt, that this town was his hometown. This is
where he came from; this is where he used to live before it was attacked. The
doors, he must close them. The town was goneeveryone was gone
he was all alone.
through him and his vision turned to black as he faded away from consciousness.
When he woke
up, he was feeling groggy, throat dry and limbs as heavy as lead.
awake.” Enma heard Yamamoto say before he saw Yamamoto come into view,
leaning over him with concern lining his face, “You haven’t been out of it
for long, we moved you back to the ship and now we’re on our way to continue
the patrol and drop you off at the Temple.”
happened?” Enma asked, voice hoarse.
received quite a shock when we reached the town. Thankfully, Tsuna brought
enough from his special medicine for the two of you,” Yamamoto explained
as he gave Enma a glass of water.
medicine? Shock?” Enma asked after he gulped down the offered water.
Yamamoto scratched the back of his neck, “The town gives Tsuna flashes as
bad as the one you had back in there, and since we come and go there quite a
lot, we ended up coming up with a recipe that will keep Tsuna alert, he drinks
it before we head in. The vial he had on him? That would be his special
no idea how you would react to the town yourself, so he kept half of what he
had on him for you in case of emergency.”
“He… he did?” Enma blushed in embarrassment and ducked his head, then
he whipped his head up as a though occurred to him, “Wait! How much of the
medicine did he need? I remember he only drank half of the vial. Did he need
the other half?”
Yamamoto trailed off, “Kinda? It’s not life or death if that’s what’s
there are side-effects?”
yeah. The medicine helps him handle the emotional upheaval from the
Enma moved to
stand up and go look for Tsunayoshi; Yamamoto hovered over him, making sure
he’d be there to catch Enma if his legs failed him, “And what is going to
happen to him since he didn’t take the full vial?”
Yamamoto’s smile had a strange lilt to it, “His feelings go haywire. He
needs half the regular dose, a full vial, to stave off the initial onslaught of
the flashes. He can deal without the other half, so it’s okay.”
it’s not okay.” His feelings went haywire? That didn’t sound like fun to
Enma who spent the last few days having mood swings.
looked amused, and Enma snapped slightly, “Why didn’t he have more on him
takes a lot of time to prepare the medicine. And given that we’ve been going to
the town more frequently lately, we could only make time to make one dose
between visits. Ah, there we are.”
that Yamamoto had guided him towards the deck.
Out on the
deck, the atmosphere was light with amusement and faint chuckles. Enma did not
understand what they were all being so cheerful about.
Then a blur
jumped at him, arms wrapped tightly around his neck and pupil-less amber eyes
blinked innocently at him.
grinned at him, “Enma! Enma! You’re awake!”
Yamamoto a shocked look; Yamamoto merely sent him an amused grin, eyes
twinkling as if to say ‘yeah, that happens’.
Enma,” Tsunayoshi mock-whispered, “How are you? You aren’t still
sleeping, right? Right? I don’t want you to go sleep and stay asleep for so
long again, okay?”
nodded vigorously, “Yeah, I don’t want you to go red crystal on me again,
you got it?”
choked in shock.
Heyhey! Did you hear me? No crystal-ing on me! Understand?”
sure, I understand,” Enma said distractedly as his brain whirred with
half-remembered memories about crystals.
Tsunayoshi nodded, then he pulled Enma down while pushing himself up and sloppily
pressed his lips against Enma’s, who completely froze in place.
good!” Tsunayoshi disentangled from him and skipped over to Kyoko and
nuzzled her cheeks, “Kyokooooo! You have pretty eyes, can we cuddle?”
thing, Tsuna.” Kyoko smiled brightly.
didn’t falter, even though it did soften into a tender smile, when Tsunayoshi
went and tightly hugged a blushing Gokudera before plopping himself to lay down
with his head on Hibari’s lap, face pressed into Hibari’s stomach, before
starting to hum.
went to Tsunayoshi’s hair, but Hibari wasn’t looking at him; he was looking
straight at Enma with an inscrutable look.
pay the look a lot of attention as he was busy clamping down a hand on his
mouth and asking Yamamoto, “What… what was that?”
don’t worry, he does that.”
beckoned Enma towards her and patted the seat next to her, “Sit down,
Enma, we still have some time left until we arrive at the land, so it’s better
if you just relax for the time being.”
Enma sat down
next to her, marveling at the quiet atmosphere; he’d honestly expected them to
be rowdier than this, he’d overheard some stories about their rambunctious
attitude from people in Vongola City and at the Temple and thought he’d be
seeing it first hand, apparently not. Not that he was complaining, he had
enough excitement to last him a week.
another look around the deck, he realized why they were all quiet: Tsunayoshi’s
body was moving with the quiet, steady breathing of a sleeping person. At some point,
Mukuro had thrown a blanket over Tsunayoshi while Ryohei and Chrome had moved
to sit on either side of him and Hibari like silent sentinels.
that he wasn’t the only person who had enough excitement for the day.
morning, Enma woke up refreshed; the bone-deep tiredness he had felt throughout
yesterday was gone. Looking around the room, he noted that Skull’s bed was
empty; did he leave already?
He yawned as
he walked towards the window and opened it; he stuck his head out and was
surprised by the sun high in the sky.
He blinked in
shock; he’d slept in until noon? Just how tired was he? And why was he left to
sleep in like this anyway? He rushed back into his bedside to get his clothes
and change into them before he left the room and looked around the corridor.
He… did not
remember the way to the main hall.
the urge to slam his head against the wall in embarrassment. Maybe he should
just wander around and hope he either ended up finding his way to the main hall
or found by any of the priests.
walked away from the room in the first direction that grabbed his attention.
of walking and not finding anyone or hearing anything, he wondered if maybe he
picked the wrong direction. Luckily, he came across a pair of big doors that
opened them and found himself in a library of sorts.
in dismay; he definitely picked the wrong direction.
He rubbed a
hand against his face as he pondered turning back the way he came and hoping to
find his way back.
Just as he
was about to turn around, a vague memory echoed in his head; there was something
about the Sky Temple’s library? He furrowed his eyebrows in confusion and
concentration as he tried to dredge up what the memory was about.
Enma! You wouldn’t believe it, but the library has a secret room!”
blinked; secret room?
Why would he
have a memory about something like that anyway? He shook his head and went to
sit on the nearest bench he found inside the library. Putting his face in his
hands, he refocused on the memory again.
he pulled up as much details as he could muster.
course I know! I’m a priest there now!”
twisted in wry amusement; he didn’t know who that person who told him about the
subject in the past was (which was such a shame), but he had no idea how they
could just tell him about becoming a priest, priests were supposed to keep
their true identity a secret, to avoid stigma like what happened with the Sky
Temple’s first Head Priest-
he knew the name, he was sure of it, why did it have to slip from him, too?
He sighed heavily
as he leaned back against the wall.
The wall slid
away from underneath him and he tumbled back.
rose up, wondering just what happened. A quick look around told him that he
wasn’t in the library anymore. Oh, he was in a library but not the one
he was in just moments ago.
have possibly stumbled across the secret room, could he?
oh, great. He should probably look around for a way out.
didn’t look like it had anything special, at first glance. But Enma was scouring
the room in search for an exit, and so he noticed how old the books in the room
were. There was something about them that attracted his attention: each and
every one of them had compass-like markings on the spine. Enma’s hand went to
briefly cover his eyes as he closed them. The markings looked very familiar.
looked exactly the same as his own pupils.
The room held
many layers of secrets woven into it if anyone bothered to look deep enough.
bothered to look deep enough.
felt achingly familiar from the couch off to one end, the cushioned pedestal,
the books, the entr-
in shock before he whipped around to come face to face (or rather, face to
cloaked face) with the Head Priest.
worried about you when we didn’t find you in your room.”
sorry about that, I-” Enma started to apologize, but the Head Priest cut
him off with a raised hand.
to apologize.” Enma could almost swear he heard the hint of a smile in the
Priest’s voice, “You’re not the first person who ends up lost in the
Temple on their first day. I’m more surprised that you found your way in
I know you did not break in, the entrance to this room isn’t exactly locked to
you as long as you know how to get in.”
don’t know how to either.”
was an accident. The mere fact that you made it in means that there is nothing
stopping you from being here.”
his head to the side, confused.
gestured to the books, “These books are special and unique, you won’t find
them anywhere else on the land. That’s because they teach Spirit Core
techniques, and everyone has Soul Fire, no one has a Spirit Core.”
up at the term.
It sounded so
familiar to him, a fifth limb he didn’t consciously realize he had until he
thought about it.
only reason you were able to enter the room without prior knowledge tells me
that you have a Spirit Core. There is no way I could prevent you from making
use of this room and what it has.” There was a strange note in the
Priest’s voice, one that Enma could not place, “In fact, it’s pretty much
yours now. You can come here any time you wish and practice.”
his hands, “No, wait! I can’t just do that!”
is that?” The Priest cocked their head to the side, “Do you need
help? An instructor?”
“I-! I’m not sure why you are being so generous to me like that! It’s your
library, isn’t it? Why are you handing it over to a stranger?”
do you know what duties get carried inside a Temple by the Priests? Do you know
what the Temples double as? A learning institution and training facility, to
tutor people in how to use their Soul Fire. This place is the perfect place for
you to learn and I-” the Head Priest reached out their hands to the edges
of their hood, “-am the person qualified to tutor you.” The Priest
tugged the hood off and Enma flinched back, covering his eyes with his hands.
you are going to be my student now, aren’t you? I don’t think pesky Temple
rules about Priests keeping their identities secret from others who aren’t
Priests need apply.”
Enma kept his
eyes covered, “Do you do this with all of your students?”
you’re a special case.” Enma blushed, “Now, remove your hands from
your eyes; I do believe it would be difficult to navigate the room without your
sight. Unless you know how to do so.”
know how to navigate the room without his eyesight, so he reluctantly pulled
his hands away from his eyes and slowly turned his head to look right at the
appeared to be around Enma’s age, with combed, brown hair, held together and
pinned at the back of their head, pupil-less, orange eyes, and a soft smile.
keep this a secret between us, yes?”
the Priest’s smile widened.
Tsu when we are alone, okay?”
their hood back on, “Now, come, you still haven’t eaten anything
his empty plate away from him and looked around, wondering where he should go
with it. One of the priests solved the dilemma for him by swooping in and
snatching the plate away. He blinked at their back in bewilderment.
then, what are you going to do next?”
to the direction of the voice to see Tsu approach him, “About?”
next step. I’ll be tutoring you. But what about other things?”
know.” He raked his hand through his hair, “You know about my
memories. Or lack of them. I don’t know where I came from or where I’m supposed
to go next. I’m not sure I even know what I can do!”
thoughtfully, “That wouldn’t be a big problem. You’re in Vongola City. If
you go to their main building and talk with whoever is behind the counter once
you enter, they’d see what to do with you.”
his head to the side, “The Vongola, huh? If I remember correctly, they
provide food and board in exchange for working for them, aside from paying
money for any services you do for them.”
know that, at least.”
in confusion, “It’s strange, it just popped into my head. I don’t know
from where I learned of this.”
no matter.” Tsu settled themself down on the chair next to Enma,
“Would you like to go now? We could organize your lessons after we see
what comes from checking in with the Vongola.”
from his seat, “Okay, I’ll go do that.” He turned and inclined his
head in Tsu’s direction, “Thank you for everything. You’ve been a really
Tsu waved him
off, “There’s no need to thank me, I’ve just been doing my job.”
alright. You’re welcome.” Tsu rose as well, “Before I go, one of the
Vongola will be dropping by soon, how about you go to the main hall to meet up
with him and tell him about your circumstances. He’d probably also take you to
the Vongola building in case the location is one you don’t remember as
bashfully at them, “There you are, helping me again. I don’t know where I
would be without you.”
slowly slid off his face, wondering if he said something he shouldn’t have
finally spoke, there was a strange note in their voice, “You… don’t need
to thank me for this.”
Tsu walked away, leaving Enma confused and feeling like he missed something
He hung his
head, inwardly cursing himself; his hands were shaking as he raised them to his
face. He pushed the heels of his palms against his eyes until stars exploded behind
himself, for the umpteenth time since he woke up the previous day, just what
was he doing, where was he supposed to go, where was he supposed be, who was
he supposed to be.
But to no
avail; he was still a stumbling, lost mess and he hated it.
that he could ever pick himself up and rebuild whatever it was that toppled and
caused him to find himself unconscious on a strange island with half his
deemed that he wallowed enough for the time being, he put himself back together
as best as he could and walked in the direction he knew the main hall was in.
greeted by the sight of a frowning silver-haired, green-eyed teenager.
late,” The teen said briskly.
me.” The teen gestured as he strode off towards the entrance. Enma sighed
and trudged after him.
The teen silently
guided Enma through Vongola City towards where Enma assumed was the Vongola’s
main building, the only sign he gave of acknowledging Enma’s company was the
occasional scrutinizing look he’d throw over his shoulder at Enma, as if trying
to figure out a particularly stubborn puzzle.
like to hear what he figured out, because Enma himself was still trying to
figure things out himself.)
to the main building was without fanfare; even the building itself didn’t stand
out, which Enma found strange, a part of him expected it to be very flashy.
ushered him in and pointed towards the counter where a girl with short hair
pulled up in a ponytail was standing behind it before disappearing into one of
The girl saw
them enter and noticed Enma being led to her, she smiled, “Hello and
welcome to the Vongola’s offices! I’m Haru! What can I do for you?”
Enma fumbled a bit, wondering how he could broach the topic, “I’m here to
ask about job offers?” He inwardly cringed at the way he phrased it.
Haru seemed to understand what he was asking about, “Here, our
forms!” She reached under the counter and rummaged before she brought out
some paperwork, “Please fill them out and hand them in sometime during the
next three days and we’ll look them over and see what jobs to assign you.”
Enma held the paperwork and wondered if that was all, should he ask her?
there’s one thing.” Haru placed her index finger on her lower lip as she
observed him, “We only get job applicants through recommendations, and
every time, the person doing the recommendation accompanies the recommended
applicant to meet the person manning the counter at the moment.” She
scrutinized him, “You’re the first person ever to come by themselves. How
did you know about the job applications?”
Enma snapped his mouth shut, tense and wracking his brain to figure out a way
to answer her, “I. Someone told me. I don’t remember who at the moment.
Her eyes bore
into his own, “You came from the Sky Temple?”
Head Priest approve of you coming over?”
her head to the side, “And they didn’t tell you about the
Haru gave him
a strange look before she returned to her previous cheer, “Well, no
matter! It’s not like you did something wrong! So, relax! See you later,
mutely and walked out of the building. That was back to the Sky Temple with
like he had another place to go to.)
minutes and going through many winding corners to get to one of the main roads
in the city later, Enma was absolutely thankful to the natural slope of the
land and the Temple being built on the very top, otherwise, he’d have been lost
ten times over.
the paperwork tighter to his chest as he walked across the bridge to reach the
Temple. He was met by Tsu once he approached the building, Tsu having just come
down the stair-case rising at the side of the building.
gave me paperwork to fill out.”
“We can go over it in the library and then I can start you off with your
training. Is that okay with you?”
After the two
sat down next to each other on the couch in the secret room, Enma spread the
forms between them.
the hood off and brought their face closer to inspect the papers, which brought
them close to Enma, who was doing the same.
Enma tried to
read the forms, but his attention kept being pulled towards the figure sitting
next to him. His eyes trailed over Tsu, taking in the youthful features, the
pupil-less orange eyes, the brown hair combed back and carefully pinned at the
back of their head with fancily-shaped golden wire.
A ghost of a
memory pushed itself to the forefront of Enma’s mind, super-imposing a faint
image over Tsu’s figure.
met before?” Enma found himself asking.
Tsu jolted a
bit, looking at him in slight confusion and- and another expression that Enma
couldn’t decipher. Something strong, deep in Enma’s core, screamed at him to look,
look and see. He was looking, and he was seeing, he just wasn’t seeing
expression flitted through Tsu’s eyes as they burned brighter; they opened
their mouth to speak, but a chime through the room interrupted them.
their mouth, lips pressed tightly into a thin line, eyes dimming before they
blazed again, “It looks like there is something that requires my immediate
attention. I must go. See you later?”
I'll… try to see what I can do about the forms.”
and left the room and Enma returned to scrutinizing the forms.
shake off the feeling that he missed the opportunity to solve all of his
current problems, to remember what all those echoing thoughts wanted to
communicate to him, to know where he stood, in the grand scheme of things.
look back to this moment and wonder if it really would have been a good thing
that Tsu was interrupted when they were.)